Save the Woodruff Shopping Arcade

The shopping arcade at the southeast corner of Broadway and Devon/Sheridan is under threat of demolition. A six story mixed use building is proposed for the site - residential on the top five floors, and retail on the first floor. Fourteen (14) businesses would be displaced, some of which have been there for years.

The Woodruff Arcade is a hidden gem, but a gem nonetheless. It is a unique building type, the precursor of today’s indoor shopping mall, and it is the only one in Edgewater (we once had two). More importantly, it is the only one in all of Chicago. For that reason alone it should be preserved.

New exhibit - "Made in Chicago"

The “Made in Chicago” exhibit is a collection of artifacts from the Made in Chicago Museum - “An industrial history in everyday objects 1900-1970.” The exhibit runs through April 2018.

Explore the kitchen installation and see familiar products from the past. Remember Dad’s old fashioned root beer or Oh Henry candy bars? Many manufacturers, like Steward Warner, are gone, but their products, like the early TVs, are still here.

Stop by to see the real things, and then go online to the Made In Chicago Museum to learn more. You are going to love it. For a short overview of the exhibit by the curator and owner of the collection, click here. [more...]

Edgewater Beach Hotel, 100 Years Later

The one hundred year anniversary of the opening of the Edgewater Beach Hotel is being celebrated with an exhibit at the Edgewater Historical Society and Museum. The exhibit will be open on weekends from 1 to 4 p.m. Come prepared to learn about this fabulous hotel that put Edgewater on the map by surfing our website. [more...]

Neighborhood Biking and Walking Tours

Go EdgewaterGo Edgewater is back for the 3rd year. The Edgewater Historical Society is supporting the program of the Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project to encourage residents to explore the community by walking, by bike or by public transportation. We will be having nature tours, historical tours, environmental tour, theater and art tours, bike repair clinics and much more.

Evening ride to Evanston: Tues. June 27th, 5:45 p.m. Meet at the Thorndale “L” stop and take side-street bike routes to Church St. at the Purple Line station in Evanston. [more...]

2017 Summer Nights in Edgewater

Join your neighbors again this year, on warm summer nights, for our popular community program of free live performances. From July 6 to August 31, 2017, every Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., different local musicians will entertain you in the beautiful EHS garden. Refreshments will be served. We are pet friendly! All are welcome. Click here for the 2017 schedule.

2017 Living Treasures of Edgewater (Past)

Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
Edgewater Branch Library, 6000 N. Broadway

You are cordially invited to attend the formal induction of Andrew Park, Tom Welch, Gregg Rojewski and Steve Pryor into the Living Treasures of Edgewater for outstanding service to the Edgewater community.

Chicago History Book Group (Past)

After the StrikeThe next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library.

The book to be discussed is: “After the Strike” by Susan Hirsch. Click here for a flyer.

EHS Spring Benefit Dinner (Past)

Thursday, April 20, 2017
from 6-9 p.m.
The Breakers at Edgewater Beach
5333 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago
Donation: $75 ($70 each for two or more)

Reminiscing on the 100th anniversary of the Edgewater Beach Hotel. Join with your friends and neighbors for a great time, in a great setting, and celebrate the unique qualities of our community.

Click here to order tickets online with a credit card.

Chicago History Book Group (Past)

William B. OgdenThe next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library.

The book to be discussed is: “The Railroad Tycoon Who Built Chicago: A Biography of William B. Ogden” by Jack Harpster. Click here for a flyer.

2017 Annual Meeting (Past)

Chicago MonumentalThe Edgewater Historical Society invites you to the 2017 Annual Meeting, presenting candidates for your Board of Directors and telling you about plans for 2017-18. The meeting will be on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch Library, 6000 N. Broadway. Click here for a flyer.

Our speaker will be Larry Broutman and the program will be a stunning presentation of photos from his “…full-color tribute to over 250 of the monuments, fountains, memorials, and statues in Chicago’s parks and cemeteries, as well as those on the city’s streets and buildings…”

The program is free to the Public and refreshments will be served.

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